Mitochondrial DNA recombination - no need to panic

Vincent Macaulay, Martin Richards, Bryan Sykes

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Recombination has recently been invoked as an explanation for the large amount of homoplasy observed in a collection of complete or nearly complete human mitochondrial sequences. Here we show that some of the data on which this conclusion was based are likely to be unreliable and that if these data are excluded, the results are no longer significant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2037-2039
Number of pages3
JournalProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1433
Publication statusPublished - 22 Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes


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